[SIGCIS-Members] Invention of the concept of process
Grider, Gary Alan
ggrider at lanl.gov
Sat Dec 29 19:58:51 PST 2018
Hasn’t there been great debate about when the first "stored program" was accomplished? Some said on Maniac by Metropolis but others disagree I think.
If that is what you are looking for I am pretty sure it was well before CTSS or Multics. I think CTSS and Multics were in pursuit of time sharing (or multiple stored programs).
I think the first implementation of process pipes might have been Demos but that was way after CTSS days.
On 12/29/18, 8:37 PM, "Members on behalf of Laurent Bloch" <members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org on behalf of lb at laurentbloch.org> wrote:
Le samedi 29 décembre 2018 McMillan, William W a écrit ceci :
> "..., my question was about computer processes, i.e. programs in execution ..."
> Laurent, do you mean process in the sense of a computer program loaded (at least partially) into primary memory, described by a process control block, and managed by an operating system?
Yes, it is precisely the kind of entity I am asking about. I would say it appears with CTSS or Multics, but I am not sure. Once I read the name of the creator of the concept, but I did not write it down and I forgot, hence my question.
> Or is the topic more broad than that?
> From: Members [members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org] on behalf of Laurent Bloch [lb at laurentbloch.org]
> Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2018 6:03 PM
> To: James Cortada
> Cc: SIGCIS
> Subject: Re: [SIGCIS-Members] Invention of the concept of process
> Le samedi 29 décembre 2018 James Cortada a écrit ceci :
> > It might help to give us some context for your question. For example, if
> > interested in process in business, then it emerges in the late 19th century
> > and in the second half of the 20th becomes process management, TQM etc. If
> > in science, then it is language substituted for what otherwise we all think
> > of as the scientific method. Even earlier the notions of methods and
> > techniques are embodiments of the idea of process. Hence, my request for
> > context.
> Well, my question was about computer processes, i.e. programs in execution in a computer, sometimes also called tasks.
> > On Sat, Dec 29, 2018 at 4:56 PM Laurent Bloch <lb at laurentbloch.org> wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > Surely many of you know the answer: who invented the concept of process,
> > > and when?
> > >
> > > Thank you for your answers. Have a nice Sunday!
> > >
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